Do Good While Doing Good

Dr Bruce Baird

Years ago, I can clearly remember hearing an American Dentist on Howard Farran’s Podcast ‘Dentistry Uncensored‘ talking about productivity. He was producing around $3000 per hour – $20-30,000 per day and I honestly thought it was mad. How could this be possible?

This episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with that man! Dr Bruce Baird, in partnership with Victoria Peterson, are the founders of The Productive Dentist Academy. They specialise in improving your productivity and in this chat, we find out a little about how they do this and the journey Bruce took to get there.

If you like what you’re hearing, check out their podcasts. Dr Bruce Baird hosts The Productive Dentist Podcast and Victoria Peterson, in combination with Dr Chad Johnson host Everyday Practices. Plenty more content to help you be productive.

Join Bruce at the PDA course in Australia with an exclusive discount for DHS listeners.

The Productive Dentist Academy team including Dr Bruce Baird and Victoria Peterson have been kindly brought over to Australia by Dr David O’Malley. Get 10% off the ticket price with the code ‘headstart’ when purchasing tickets and find out more about how you can increase your productivity and decrease your stress.

In this chat we cover:

  • What is important to be a productive dentist?
  • His issues with communicating with the engineer type of person
  • The importance of and type of education Bruce chose early on and why
  • Early years in the army
  • Being a boss and the importance of team and support staff
  • Mentors that helped him through and the man he still remembers from dental school
  • What increasing his productivity did to his day to day private practice
  • How Bruce approaches scheduling to help
  • Mistakes Bruce made early on
  • Advice to young dentists 
  • The importance of communication and how it helps your life and career

Links from the episode:

Prime Head Start – proudly brought to you by Prime Practice

Prime Head Start episode 2, proudly brought to your by Prime Practice. Bite sized anecdotes they didn’t teach you in dental school.

We sit down with Brett Churnin, the General Manager of Customer Relations from Prime Practice to share his thoughts on the four barriers to optimum treatment. We almost universally believe this is money, but there is more to it.

For Dental Head Start listeners, Prime Practice are offering their leading communication course, Primespeak, at 15% off for everyone and a massive 50% off for students and recent graduates. Check out to get your hands on the discount codes.  Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Primespeak giveaways on our social media accounts!

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Dental Protection Limited

Dental Protection we’re the first to come on board supporting dental students and graduates through the Dental Head Start Podcast and now they’re stepping up again by release the new publication Young Dental Practitioners as well as the Survival guide, their e-Learning platform ‘Prism’ and Sign up for Risk Wise Connect. Find it at the links or on their Facebook Page.

The 4Sight Dental Journal is Ready to Order!

4Sight Dental is made to help dental students become great dentists. The first way we’re going to do this is throught The 4Sight Dental Journal, a journal to help you get clarity, focus and perspective on your dental career.

The Journals ship on January 6th 2020. As a bonus for all those who pre-order, use the code ‘PREORDERFREE’ to get free postage AND a free spot on our Dental Graduate Accelerator webinar covering Getting a job, starting in private practice and succeeding in private practice, on Jan 30th 2020

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The Dental Head Start Podcast is for students and new graduates. We interview successful dentists and specialists to uncover the tips, tricks and advice to help you transition from dental school to private practice successfully.

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David is a recent graduate dentist working in private practice in regional NSW, Australia. Read more at

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